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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (86 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luis J. Rodriguez Narrator: Jacob Vargas Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hundreds of thousands of readers came to know Luis J. Rodríguez through his fearless classic, Always Running, which chronicled his early life as a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles. The long awaited follow-up, It Calls You Back, is the equally harrowing story of Rodríguez starting over, at age eighteen, after leaving gang life, the only life he really knew.

It Calls You Back opens with Rodríguez’s final stint in jail as a teenager and follows his struggle to kick heroin, renounce his former life, and search for meaningful work. He describes with heartbreaking honesty his challenges as a father and his difficulty leaving his rages and addictions completely behind. Even as he breaks with “la vida loca” and begins to discover success as a writer and an activist, Rodríguez finds his past, the crimes, the drugs, the things he’d seen and done, has a way of calling him back.

When his oldest son is sent to prison for attempted murder, Rodríguez is forced to confront his shortcomings as a father and to acknowledge how and why his own history is repeating itself, right before his eyes.

Deeply insightful and beautifully written, It Calls You Back is an odyssey through love, addiction, revolutions, and healing.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a man who understands that ‘giving back’ is a natural thing to doand does it in spades. My respect for his metamorphosis can only be described as awe.”

    John Densmore, bestselling author of Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors

  • “Brilliantly jagged sequel to the gang-life classic, Always Running…Raw, searing reading from start to finish.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Beautifully written and politically astute.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Extraordinarily haunting and provocative.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Rodriguez’s account of his coming of age is vivid, raw…Here’s truth no television set, burning night and day, could ever begin to offer.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vee | 11/11/2013

    " Good book, great story. Now I need to read his book Always Running. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 7/21/2013

    " After thoroughly enjoying Always Running (my students love it, too), I was expecting a bit more from this book, which is advertised as a sequel to Always Running. This new book was still interesting, although I don't think my students will be as fired up about this one... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mindy | 8/16/2012

    " Not what I was expecting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Esther | 8/3/2012

    " I didn't read the prequels to this book, so I probably don't have a good understanding of Luis's story. I thought it was a very inspirational book, and I was really happy to learn about his past and all of this struggles. "

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About the Author

Luis J. Rodriguez began writing in his early teens and has won national recognition as a poet, journalist, fiction writer, children’s book writer, and critic. Currently working as a peacemaker among gangs on a national and international level, Rodriguez helped create Tia Chucha’s Café & Centro Cultural, a multiarts, multimedia cultural center in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.